6 Game-Changing Research Initiatives

The Growing Brain:
Advancing the Neuroscience of Child Development

Using a pioneering brain-imaging technique called magnetoencephalography (MEG), I-LABS will measure the brain activity of parents and children while they engage and interact with each other. These and related studies will illuminate the impact of social and emotional interactions on the growing, learning brain.

Critical Periods of Learning:
Exploring Genetics to Maximize Windows of Opportunity

I-LABS is collaborating with world-leading geneticists to investigate the roles that genetics and the environment play in early development and to identify the conditions that expand ‘critical periods’ for learning.

Behavioral Transitions and Milestones:
Understanding Developmental Change in Children

Our scientists are investigating the mechanisms of developmental change in the first 2,000 days of life. We will explore key achievements such as when children acquire the skills, customs, and values of their culture, a self-concept, self-control, and empathy for others.

Early Learning and Education:
Building Bridges from the Earliest Learning to Success in School

What predicts school readiness and success? How do we identify children with challenges and prevent them from falling behind? Longitudinal studies, from infancy through first grade, will enable us to create measures of school readiness and to identify problems early on when interventions to address them are most effective.

Early Learning with Technology:
Determining the Most Effective Use of Digital Learning Tools

Under what conditions and at what ages might children benefit from the use of technology? What we discover could be used to refine learning technologies, from computers to mobile phones, in ways that promise personalized learning in developing children.

Diversity and Bilingualism:
Creating Opportunity for All Children

The Ready Mind Project is exploring how experiences of children vary due to their gender, socio-economic circumstances, and race/ethnicity, and how they shape children’s attitudes, self-image, and success in school and throughout life.